The anticipation of 2010 Census data has everyone crunching numbers about how we're living post-recession. And though we're faring better than most of the country, the results from the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey show it's not pretty. For instance, the New York Times reports a rise in the number of New Yorkers living in apartments without kitchens, possibly proving that this whole foodie trend is just a paycheck away from dying.
The recession seemed to affect everything from working parents to percentages of paychecks going to rent to marriage rates. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of 25- to 34-year-olds who have never been married rose nearly 12% from the 34.5% 2000, and in New York the number of men in the city who had never been married hit 46% in 2009. Though the PRB notes "the probability of an adult getting married at some point during their lifetime is still nearly 90 percent," it seems more adults are postponing the union until they're more financially settled. Or they just don't want to marry any of the unemployed deadbeats in this town.
The city's poverty rate was announced earlier this year as 22%, but it ranged depending on location and ethnicity. The low point was 6% for non-Hispanic whites in Staten Island, while in the Bronx, Hispanics had a high of 36%. Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger said the higher percentages of people living below the poverty line are "proof that low-income, hungry and even middle-class New Yorkers are suffering mightily in this recession, even as the ultrarich become even wealthier." The gap between the wealthy and the poor is higher in New York than in any other state, and in Manhattan it's the higher than any other county. Though you probably didn't need Census data to tell you that.